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Team Singapore won gold at the International Federation of Match Poker`s (IFMP) Asian Pairs Challenge in Bangkok, edging past Chinese Taipei in points.
According to a press release shared by IFMP, two-member Teams from Israel, Japan, Singapore, India, China, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines took part in the tournament in which players competed in a strict rotation of individual heads-up freeze-out tournaments against DeepStack, the world’s most advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) Poker System developed by the University of Alberta.
It was only last year that DeepStack defeated 11 top pros including well-known poker pro Phil Laak, who each played 4,000 hands against the AI software over a period of four weeks.
Team India was represented by the dynamic duo Jagdeep Singh and Pratibha Arya, who finished sixth among the ten participating teams.
Singapore’s Lau Heng Seng and Daniel Chau took the top two places in the individual standings ahead of Philip King-Chung Wang of Chinese Taipei, Roei Shalev of Israel and Ly Sova Makara of Cambodia.
This was the IFMP`s debut tournament in Asia and sets the scene for the Asian Nations Cup to be held in Bangkok later in the year. Sixteen teams have indicated they will take part with the top performing teams qualifying for the Match Poker World Cup. MIPL Season 2 champions Haryana Hawks will be representing Team India at the Asian Nations Cup.
The Asian Pairs Challenge was a key event at the Thai Sports Festival held in central Bangkok as part of Sportaccord, the annual gathering of the world sports community.
“Many congratulations to Singapore whose pair were worthy winners after two fascinating days,”said IFMP President Patrick Nally.“As part of the Thai Sports Festival the players and the competition got a fantastic response from local people and attracted significant interest. Match poker is already well-established in India, where there is a successful pro league, and we aim to build on the traction we have achieved to build our presence throughout Asia.”
IFMP is an Observer member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognised Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the IOC recognised body that operates Sportaccord. The sport observes Olympic principles and is signed up to the WADA (World Anti-Doping) Code.
The IFMP has member Federations in 67 countries and the current World and European Champions are Ireland who took the title in the UK in December 2017.
Top 5 Players at IFMP Asian Pairs Challenge (each won a coveted DeepStack diamond):
|Rank||Name||Nation||AIVAT win rate|
|1st||Lau Heng Seng||Singapore||47.43%|
|3rd||Philip King-Chung Wang||Chinese Taipei||45.08%|
|5th||Ly Sovan Makara||Cambodia||44.19%|
For the complete results visit – http://matchpokerfed.org/anpc/